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Defective construction work, whether the result of inadequate design, faulty workmanship or poor materials – or some combination of these failings – is a frequent cause of legal disputes. Someone is usually to blame, either the builder or one or more of the professional consultants, or even the entire project team. It is important therefore that the project team should possess a good working knowledge of their responsibilities and liabilities.

Written by a solicitor with over twenty years of experience of building disputes, this book examines the responsibilities and liabilities of the project team when defects occur. It sets out the background role of the common law and statute and includes detailed discussion of important case law affecting the construction process from inception through to completion, together with a consideration of the impact of letters of intent, ‘no contract’ situations, and specific provisions of model conditions of contract.

About the Author

Kevin Barrett practised as a solicitor specialising in construction law for over 20 years firstly with the niche practice Neil F. Jones & Co and latterly with the construction and engineering team at Wragge & Co. During that time he acted for parties in connection with disputes concerning defects in buildings and engineering works, as well as writing and lecturing extensively on subjects relating to construction law. In 2008 the author retired from Wragge & Co in order to write this book and to practice as an independent arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in connection with construction disputes. He can be contacted at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780632059294
ISBN-10: 063205929X
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: August 1st, 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English

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